Asia Strategic Initiative

In collaboration with faculty and students, a university task force is formulating a new, broad strategy to engage in activities, programs, and partnerships in Asia.

In late 2018, the NC State administration asked the Office of Global Engagement to engage in a process of considering what types of activities, programs, and partnerships we as a university, in light of our strengths, capacities, and interests – and as the state’s flagship land-grant institution – should pursue overseas.

A task force was convened in the spring of 2019 to look at some of our current programs and partnerships, poll campus stakeholders, and make some proposals for the administration to consider. While NC State faculty, staff, and student hail from – and engage in – all regions of the world, this first task force will focus on East Asia and the ASEAN region.

The purpose of the task force is to formulate and articulate a strategy – either comprehensive and university-wide or more particular with several discreet proposals – that will serve the entire university community by better focusing our attention and limited resources to achieve greater impact with more sustainable results.

The task force members spent the months of March and April in meetings with various key stakeholders on campus for personal interviews and information sharing.

The Asia Strategy online survey is now closed and entries are under review. Please check back on this site in late May for a preliminary report on data collected. Thank you to everyone who shared their opinions, ideas, and experiences regarding East Asia and the Asean region. Close to 200 faculty, staff, administrators, and students voiced their thoughts, and the task force members greatly appreciate the University community interest in and commitment to arriving at an intentional and collaborative strategy in working in this important world region.

For more information or to contact a member of the task force, please send us an e-mail.

Task Force Members

Faculty Members

  • Hien Tran, College of Sciences
  • Jessica Liao, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Xiangwu Zhang, Wilson College of Textiles
  • Richard Kim, College of Engineering
  • Yu-Fai Leung, College of Natural Resources

Staff Members

  • Michael Bustle, Global Training Initiative, Office of Global Engagement, Chair
  • Anna Dunaway, Confucius Institute, Office of Global Engagement
  • David Dixon, Office of Global Engagement
  • Jonathan Brewster, NC Japan Center, Office of Global Engagement

Countries Under Consideration

  • China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Macau (China), Timor-Leste, Laos, Brunei, and Cambodia
  • Strategies for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Nepal, and countries in the Middle-East will be considered in future projects

Confucius Institute

After June 2019, NC State will no longer offer academic and cultural programs through the Confucius Institute. This transition is part of NC State’s efforts to create a more comprehensive Asia strategy led by the Office of Global Engagement, of which Chinese language and culture programs will continue to play a significant role. Learn more about this transition.